FINALS: Powerade Tigers 1 - 3 Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Published on November 18, 2011

Talk N’ Text aims to finish the elimination round in the top two spots and secure an outright semifinal berth in the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup. 

But considering their plight and their remaining schedule in the next four weeks, coach Chot Reyes said accomplishing their goal is a big question mark. 

“Hopefully we could win a couple more games. But we have a very tough schedule ahead. Right now everything is uncertain,” said Reyes, a five-time Coach of the Year.

The defending champions and league leading Tropang Texters (7-1) have won their last five games and hope to keep the streak going on the road. 

Reyes said their 6 p.m. rematch against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at the Xavier University gym in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday is a huge game and the result could affect their placing in the standings. 

He considers the Elasto Painters (7-2) “the toughest team in the league right now” and without a doubt very motivated to get back on the winning track after an 80-90 loss to Petron last Sunday. 

But most of all, ROS is aching for revenge against TNT. The Tropang Texters defeated the E-Painters, 107-98, last Oct.14. “We know that we’re gonna need all our energy and stamina against Rain or Shine. 

So it’s a good thing I was able to rest Kelly (Williams), JD (Dillinger) and Larry (Fonacier) and we we’re able to keep Jason’s (Castro) minutes relatively low,” said Reyes after their 96-83 victory over winless on Wednesday. 

After ROS, the Tropang Texters conclude their elimination round schedule with games against Powerade (Nov. 27), B-Meg (Nov. 29), Alaska (Dec. 3), Petron (Dec. 6) and Barangay Ginebra (Dec.11). 

“We’re in a very difficult situation. We’re now facing the toughest part of our schedule,” Reyes insisted. 

The possibility of playing the rest of the elimination round without injured superstar Jimmy Alapag (foot), Ali Peek (gunshot wound), Ryan Reyes (MCL) and Aaron Aban (ACL) makes the job even tougher for the Tropang Texters. “It’s very, very crucial now. 

So we need to really find ways to get production from a lot of players to be able to survive,” Reyes said. (DBC)


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